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Can you open your heart and home to one of our dogs and save a life today? It’s easier than you think to adopt one of our beautiful dogs or cats. Every dog adopted means there's a place for another to be saved.

Our adoption applications are now open again post lockdown. The adoption application form will be live from Monday morning through to Friday evening. Being closed at weekends will give our dedicated volunteers to catch their breath and enjoy some family time. 

Please do read through ALL the information given, prior to filling out our form, being mindful of our volunteer team who will be dealing with your correspondence. If we become overwhelmed again, we will need to halt applications to allow catch up time. 

We do have certain adoption criteria which we would need you to consider:

  • Our minimum age for adoption is 24

  • We are unable to consider first time dog owners - this includes people who may have grown up with dogs but have not owned as an adult.

  • We are unable to consider homes with children under 5: with children of 5 - 10 and under, we would only be able to offer a puppy of under 6 months

  • We are unable to consider flats/apartments for puppies - unless on the ground floor with DIRECT access to a secure garden. 

  • We seek adopters with experience of rescue dogs and/or those who have successfully worked through any problems with their dogs

Thank you for your interest in our wonderful dogs. 



Read carefully through our ADOPTION INFORMATION and our ADOPTERS' GUIDE.


Have a look at DOGS TO ADOPT to choose a potential new family member.



Fill out our APPLICATION TO ADOPT (available Monday morning - Friday evening).  One of our experienced, friendly adoption team volunteers will talk through your application with you, exploring your experience and suitability via email. After this, if your application meets the dog's needs, we will contact you to carry out a home check. Previously we have endeavoured to reply to every application within a few days, but things are so very busy for us just now, that we have to say, if you haven't heard back within seven days, you can safely assume your application has been unsuccessful.  However, please do check your spam folder too.



Upon a successful home check, your adoption team volunteer will send you the link to the Dog's BFF Award, which we bring you through the ISCP. This isn't scary but is a short, easy course with a multiple choice questionnaire to complete and return after you have read the accompanying text. it was actually designed for older children but is a super way to whet your appetite for learning more about dog behaviour. This helps us know that you have basic understanding of why your dog or any dog may behave the way he is. Upon successful completion, you will be emailed a certificate that you can print out too.




At this stage, we would ask you to pay your adoption donation. This can be done in two parts if you prefer. You pay the first part once your home check is completed, our team has gone over this with you, and you have confirmed, once again, your commitment to adoption, plus you have passed the Dog's BFF award. We ask a total adoption donation of £360, though of course, you can donate more if you wish as we have so many dogs in need. We use this money to cover all your dog's vaccinations, deworming, flea treatment, microchip, chip registration, European passport, vet check, ongoing care, transport and spaying/neutering if the dog is old enough. We ask for the second part of the adoption donation a minimum of one week prior to the dog travelling.

Depending on your dog's readiness to travel, the whole process can take as little as 3 weeks but is usually around 4/5 weeks, all being well. 



You sign the ADOPTION CONTRACT and your dog’s chip is registered in your name.



Your dog gets on the happy bus from Romania and comes home! Most dogs are delivered straight to your door.

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You will need to be prepared for a settling in period that varies from dog to dog. Some dogs slip seamlessly into a home and others need more time for adjustment.

Things you will need:

  • A well-fitting harness

  • A slip lead

  • A crate for transport and for a safe space while they are settling in

  • Pet insurance

  • Training or puppy social classes


Interested in fostering?  See our FOSTERING page.

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